The best part of “Game of Thrones” is never knowing if that beloved character whose story you’ve followed for eight years is going to die a brutal and humiliating death in any given scene.
Print this out and make your guesses before the show returns April 14. Who will live, who will die and who will become a wight or white walker?
With the final season of HBO’s hit fantasy series beginning this Sunday, we can presume the body count is going to rise. And with the cast whittled down to fan favorites and survivors with almost a decade of character development, almost every loss is going to hurt. (We say “almost,” because will anyone really miss Euron Greyjoy?)
So why not ease the tension by making a game out of it?
Here we’ve compiled a list of 34 central and sort-of-central characters, with updates on where they stood at the end of last season.
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Preparing for the ultimate battle with the White Walkers, the King in the North is sailing home to Winterfell with his aunt-girlfriend Daenerys, unaware that he’s the actual Targaryen heir to the Iron Throne.
After skillfully arranging the death of Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish, Sansa is serving as the Lady of Winterfell.
Arya, deadly as ever, is back in Winterfell with her remaining siblings. After slicing open Littlefinger’s throat, she still has several names remaining on her hit list.
The youngest living Stark and the show’s most useful plot device, Bran just learned his supposed half-brother Jon is really Aegon Targaryen, the legitimate son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark.
The reigning queen of the Seven Kingdoms revealed to her brother and on-again, off-again boyfriend Jaime that she was lying when she told Jon and Daenerys she would send her forces north with them. She also may or may not be pregnant.
Disgusted with his sister, Jaime abandoned King’s Landing and is currently riding to Winterfell alone.
After a tense (and notably off-screen) exchange with his sister Cersei, Tyrion thinks he managed to persuade the queen to commit to fighting in the North. He looks concerned as he watches Jon enter Daenerys’ bedchambers. (Us too, man.)
The Dragon Queen is committed to fighting the White Walkers with her new beau, Jon Snow. Unclear how she’ll feel once she finds out Jon is a) her nephew and b) has a legitimate claim to the Iron Throne.
Yara and Theon Greyjoy
After an assault on the Targaryen naval forces, Yara is being held captive by her uncle Euron. On a journey of redemption, Theon proved his strength in a bout of fisticuffs and convinced the remaining ironborn on Dragonstone to agree to rescue Yara.
After convincing Daenerys to meet with Jon Snow, the Red Woman tells Varys that she plans to leave Westeros. But, she tells him, she will return one last time: “I have to die in this strange country. Just like you.”
Jorah survived his bout with greyscale and returned to Daenerys’ service. He’s heading north with her and Jon’s entourage.
Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane
Still dead-ish at King’s Landing, doing Cersei’s bidding.
Recently arrived in Winterfell (with a cache of stolen books from the Citadel) with Gilly and Little Sam, Sam revealed the full truth of Jon’s parentage to Bran.
Gilly and Little Sam
Chillin’ (lol) at Winterfell with Sam and Little Sam, also at Winterfell. Sam is still pretty much the only way to measure how much time has passed in this series.
Serving as Daenerys’ spy master; headed north with the rest.
Brienne of Tarth
After Sansa dispatched her to King’s Landing to represent her in the meeting with Cersei, Brienne pleaded with Jaime to convince his sister to fight in the North.
Serving as an adviser to Jon; headed north.
Allied to the Lannisters, who made him a knight, Bronn had a sort-of-charming reunion with his pal Tyrion when the latter arrived at King’s Landing.
Forever a squire, Podrick accompanied Brienne to King’s Landing for the meeting with Cersei. He left with Bronn before the talks began.
Manning the Wall with Beric Dondarrion, Tormund narrowly escaped the White Walkers’ dragon-borne attack on Eastwatch-by-the-Sea. He is presumably still smitten with Brienne.
Commander of the Unsullied. Sailing north with Daenerys’ forces. Loving Missandei.
Interpreter for Daenerys. Northward bound. Loving Grey Worm.
Presumably the last of House Baratheon, the bastard son to the long-departed King Robert is loyal to Jon and Daenerys and committed to bashing in some White Walker skulls with his hammer.
“All men must die” — except Beric Dondarrion, apparently, who narrowly escaped a seventh death after the the Night King blasted the Wall with his new undead dragon.
Westeros’ own Jack Sparrow is sailing for Essos to retrieve the Golden Company, an army of mercenary soldiers, for Cersei, who plans to use them to fight whoever remains standing after the fight in the North.
Serving as Cersei’s Hand of the Queen. Creeping around the Red Keep. Presumably excited about the looming army of the undead.
Still alive, apparently! After delivering Bran to Winterfell, she left for home to prepare for the White Walkers’ invasion.
In Essos, keeping the peace in Meereen in Daenerys’ stead.
The Lady of Bear Island has made it clear that she intends to fight the undead threat: “I don’t plan on knitting by the fire while men fight for me.”
Please don’t kill off the direwolves.
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